Consultancy

Business strategy needs IT strategy

Legal, financial and other professional services businesses have specific challenges. We bring 28 years of IT experience in these sectors and apply forward-thinking technical knowledge to your business. Aligning with your business goals to drive your competitive advantage, we can consult on all areas of your IT environment and processes.

Your customers are placing higher demands on your knowledgeable talent. They expect you to onboard them faster, respond via new channels and be available out of hours. But they also need to know you’ll keep them secure, while increased regulatory compliance slows down your people and workflows.

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Plan-Net’s IT Consultancy services enable businesses like yours to meet the challenges of change. We can help you with:

  • Practice and business management
  • Mobility solutions
  • Getting ready for growth
  • Gaining competitive advantage
  • Agility, collaboration and communication
  • Moving to the cloud

IT Strategy

We define, design and deliver IT growth strategies to address your specific commercial and operational challenges. Whether we are undertaking a short-term review exercise or a complete business IT transformation, our specialists engage with your senior management to identify your business goals.

Plan-Net’s experts run IT Strategy Sessions for businesses wanting to:

  • Gain expert independent advice
  • Take stock of their current situation
  • Understand what options are available

We also offer Business Transformation consulting for those who wish to make an immediate step change in their business IT capability.

Infrastructure Reviews and Roadmapping

Achieving efficiencies, cost savings and business value that the right IT solution can offer requires deep business insight and technical expertise. Our Roadmap Review and Planning Services take a holistic view of your organisation and infrastructure and apply an innovative approach to IT roadmapping.

We can help you with:

  • Fit-for-business reviews
  • IT future proofing
  • Efficiency & performance reviews
  • Service reviews with ITIL best practice approach

Scoping and Solution Design

IT projects can encounter all sorts of issues. From overrunning budget and deadlines to architectural headaches, there are many risks involved. Should a project derail, reputational damage and financial costs can be far reaching.

To minimise these risks, you need a well defined business case and project scope from the start. Our top level project planning solution provides:

  • Project definitions that align with business goals
  • Achievable project outcomes
  • Architectural assessment and design
  • Full documentation and skills transfer from accredited experts

Cloud Computing

Many businesses are already enjoying the cost benefits that cloud computing delivers.

There’s a growing choice of cloud-based infrastructure, storage and applications promising to streamline your business, including Microsoft 365, Azure and more.

But choosing the right mix of on-premise, cloud or hybrid solutions requires both a deep understanding of your business and solid cloud expertise. Finding someone who has both isn’t easy

It’s our job to help you find the right technology to meet your strategic needs.

Before you make the leap into the cloud, you’ll need to fully understand the impact on your organisation.

Our expert, experienced Cloud Consultants will guide you through the implications of virtualisation, cloud services, apps and storage including:

  • User access to applications and data
  • Networking & connectivity needs
  • Security implications
  • Data centre requirements
  • Integration & migration
  • Costs and savings

We’re not bound to a single solution or vendor, but we are backed by a number of key industry partnerships including Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, and NetApp. Plan-Net is ISO27001 certified and our team carries the relevant qualifications in ITIL, Microsoft, VMware, Citrix and NetApp.

You can leverage our cloud computing experience to help you find the best fit -- and to plan a successful transition.

Information Security and Cyber Security

Are you adequately prepared for attacks, breaches, new regulations and shifts in best practice? Information and system security is crucial to your businessand your clients.

As you handle ever-expanding data in an increasingly complex environment, security has to be given priority.

That’s why highly sensitive businesses in finance, legal and publishing use our expertise to bring Info Security and Cyber Security into line.

Plan-Net can help you identify weaknesses, attain certifications, define your policies and even train your staff.

We have the insights, technical intelligence and accreditations to guide you through new threats, regulations and technology.

We believe in turning risk into opportunity. As we evaluate your security measures, we’ll find ways to optimise business efficiency through people, processes and technology.

Service Management Planning

To compete in today’s complex market, your IT operations need to be high-performance, cost-efficient platforms for business success. Our solutions help clients of all sizes maintain high services levels while still meeting the demand for a reduction in IT spending.

Plan-Net’s Service Management Consultancy combines real world experience with best practice methodologies in a range of tailored services. Using our ‘Accelerated’ best practice methodology, we deliver improvements in efficiency and performance for a fraction of the cost associated with traditional outdated approaches. Our method has proven to deliver 100% of the benefits of ITIL for 20% of the cost for businesses of all sizes.

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Interim Management

Do you need a swift injection of high-level skills?

Do you need to maintain key IT functions but don’t have the right skills in place to service the business?

Whether it’s to assist during transition periods, business change or a search for a permanent resource, we can help you fulfil inline functions on a temporary basis.

If you need a Head of IT, Service Delivery Manager, Service Desk Manager or other high-level IT functions fulfilled, our Interim Management Service can deploy quickly, bringing with it all of our technical expertise and leadership experience.

How you can benefit from our Interim Management service?

As well as helping you maintain Business as Usual, there are a host of additional benefits.

If you find yourselves short on skilled people for any reason.

  • Keep your IT Team on track, your users productive and your business meeting its goals
  • Our Interim Managers are available to join you at short notice to fill unexpected skill requirements.
  • Experience goes hand in hand with skills, contacts and knowledge that will be permanently transferred to your team.
  • You’ll receive Interim Management with proven track records in results driven roles. They’re ready to lead your team to improved performance.
  • A fresh, unbiased perspective provides new clarity and opportunities for improvement in your IT function

Why Plan-Net?

Our project management services are built to fit your industry, your business goals and your team. Speak to us about your project if you need:

  • Practical help from review to implementation
  • Tailored to the needs of your business
  • We’re not tied to vendors and products, we recommend what’s best for you
  • Sector focus and experience in finance, legal, media and professional services

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Using Plan-Net to help us with projects really works for us. With such a large number of users and where it's so important to keep disruption at a minimum. We know we can rely on Plan-Net's support and commitment to deliver a great project outcome.

James Waldie, IT Service Delivery Manager, Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard

Sectors we work with

Legal

Plan-Net has been providing End-User Support services to the legal profession for 28 years.

Why do 14 of the top 15 UK firms choose to partner with us?

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Finance and banking

We know that service disruptions devastate reputations and revenues in your industry.

Plan-Net’s End-User services are designed to meet the demands in today’s compliance-driven finance sector.

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Media and publishing

Your business marches to the steady beat of “deadlines, deadlines, deadlines”.

You need a responsive and highly skilled support team to keep you delivering excellence around the clock. That’s what we do.

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Professional services

As a professional services business ourselves, we know what productivity means to your business...and your clients.

Our sector experience and IT support experts are ready to support your users as they grow your business.

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End-user support services

End-user support services

As specialists in End-User support services for legal, financial and professional services firms, we understand that your business strategy depends on a high quality service desk.

Whether you need to outsource your entire service desk or just peak and out-of-hours cover, Plan-Net can help.

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Project services

Project services

IT projects have become increasingly important for businesses that want to compete. As technology has become more complex, your in-house teams need specialist knowledge and experience to deliver on time, on budget, and on-point.

That’s where we come in.

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Infrastructure services

Infrastructure services

Cloud, mobility and other emerging technologies are changing the way your industry does business.

Our Infrastructure experts are ready to help with migrations, on-prem, cloud and hybrid solutions whether you need a transformation or ongoing management.

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